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How do you judge innovation? Experts offer their guidance [MNCPA]
Innovation is much sought after, but hard to define. This checklist can help set your vision apart.

Making the most of LinkedIn during busy season
Building a few minutes of LinkedIn time into your daily and weekly routines will help you gain momentum and connections all year.

Empathy: A powerful business construct [MNCPA]
Dr. Shannon Rogers explains how she is eliciting loyalty with data-driven, empathetic user experiences.

Networking: How to make meaningful, in-person connections in 3 easy steps [MNCPA]
Networking is about making contact with people and exchanging information, ideally to the mutual benefit of everyone. Here are tips to successfully work any room.

Tax implications of remote workers [MNCPA]
Adopting a co-employer model is one way to manage the tax compliance and HR requirements associated with remote workers.

5 ways empathetic leadership can make digital transformation real [MNCPA]
Being more empathetic will not only help companies rebound from the last two years, it will also enable them to find their authentic voice and become an unstoppable force in technology and business.

Refresh your leaders with sabbaticals [MNCPA]
Increasing numbers of employers are offering sabbatical leave to combat burnout and inspire employee retention. Read about the experiences of MNCPA members who have taken sabbaticals.

Boost your virtual networking power
Keep the foundational principles of networking in place and apply it to the virtual space.

How to fix the leaky CPA pipeline [MNCPA]
Additional recruitment efforts won’t resolve staffing shortages if retention issues aren’t fixed first.

Breaking myths about neurodiversity
Neurodiversity has always been around, but we’re only just starting to realize how we can support neurodiverse people and take advantage of their skills.

Managing your EX (employee experience) [MNCPA]
In a tight labor market, the employee experience becomes a major part of your recruitment and retention strategy. Employers must define and articulate what makes them stand out from other employers.

Dealing with too many ‘quick questions?’ [MNCPA]
You might think interruptions are just a fact of life when you are an accountant, but for the sake of maximizing productively and maintaining your well-being, it’s important to set boundaries.

Is there a silver lining to the Great Resignation?
Here are five recommendations to implement now to help mitigate a stressful busy season due to staff shortages.

Communication drives everything [MNCPA]
Adapt your communication style to meet others where they are.

Tax survey respondents share telltale signs of busy season [MNCPA]
Once again, we’re in the midst of busy season. For some, it’s as though it never ended.

Business as unusual
Employers are faced with changing traditional ways of addressing employment issues and short-term solutions are not likely to help.

The importance of employer branding [MNCPA]
A dive into what an employer brand is, how to build your employer branding strategy and how to promote it to attract high-quality candidates.

Add HRAs to your client’s tax planning toolkit
With a wage war in many sectors, what more can employers provide to tip the balance for staff retention?

How to prevent turnover when introducing your ‘new normal’ [MNCPA]
It’s time to prepare for a long-anticipated but more gradual shift to the workplace of the future.

Should employers require a mandate to vaccinate?
President Joe Biden last week unveiled new vaccination requirements that are expected to have major repercussions for employers.

Get ahead of the ‘great resignation’ [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

How can you take constructive action understanding Minnesota Nice, diversity, equity and inclusion? [MNCPA]
What steps can you take regarding niceness at work? This article provides you with insights to help you be further educated and action items to help you going forward.

Take care of yourself, each other [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

As organizations move back to work, what does ‘the new normal’ look like? [MNCPA]
The pandemic required employers to rethink office and work arrangements. Employers are also were faced with demographic, economic, cultural and technological changes.

Can we have the best of both worlds? [MNCPA]
Hybrid work may be a win-win for employees and employers.

What is ESG? [MNCPA]
One acronym has quickly risen to the top of many C-suite and board agendas in the past year: ESG, or environmental, social and governance.

Keeping fresh: How to prevent burnout [MNCPA]
Burnout among CPAs and financial professionals happens when people are in a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. 

We can never go back to before [MNCPA]
Now is the time to start thinking about a different normal in the workplace. The future of retaining — and recruiting — staff may depend on it.

Acknowledging the good in challenging times [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Emerging trends in data governance and privacy [MNCPA]
Business professionals have an absolute need to understand critical emerging trends in data governance and privacy.

Upheaval and resilience: The path to accounting amid COVID-19 [MNCPA]
The COVID-19 pandemic will cast a long shadow on our world in ways that even the best futurists have failed to consider. We just don’t know what we don’t know.

Does your employee handbook create an employee contract?
How a recent court case sheds a light on paying out PTO.

3 ways to improve digital marketing campaigns
Now that more firms are exploring and launching digital marketing activities, let’s look at three ways to help CPAs get real digital leads.

A year of lessons, reflections; adapting in the time of COVID [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Flexibility and the workplace of the future: What does that mean? [MNCPA]
Here’s the bottom line as you prepare to lead the workplace of the future: Creating flexibility by design gives your organization a better chance of success than allowing flexibility with ambiguity.

Pulse Survey results guiding MNCPA offerings in 2021 [MNCPA]
Since the start of the pandemic, the MNCPA has sent multiple Pulse Surveys to determine how COVID-19 is impacting your business. Here's what we learned and are doing.

Small, but mighty: Combating microaggressions [MNCPA]
Everyday verbal and nonverbal insults, known as microaggressions, are negatively effecting how we interact with each other.

The hidden gems of the new COVID-19 tax law [MNCPA]
It seems that with all new tax law, it boils down to some basic chunks of data: The headliner provisions (we’ve all heard and read about), the extenders, the esoteric provisions and everything else.

Workplace holiday parties in the virtual world
Holiday parties will be handled differently this year. Here's what you should consider.

Advancement of women in public accounting [MNCPA]
Women continue to be underrepresented in the leadership of public accounting firms and are not progressing to the top of the profession at the same rate as their male counterparts. 

Embracing the ‘silver’ [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Staff connectivity ideas in the age of COVID-19 [MNCPA]
As many CPAs will share, having time to connect with your peers and refresh is a pillar as important to the process as the W-2 and a direct line to an IRS advocate.

How to overcome screen fatigue [MNCPA]
We are faced with a behemoth of challenges as we face this “new normal.” Yes, we’re talking screen fatigue, perhaps better known as Zoom fatigue.

Maintaining and enhancing client engagement now and in the future [MNCPA]
Thankfully, there are several actions you can take (that don’t require you to log into Zoom) to maintain a high level of client service from afar.

Business interruption insurance: What does it cover, and should I purchase it for my business? [MNCPA]
Does a pandemic displacing millions of workers and thousands of businesses fall under business interruption insurance? Read on.

Business Perspective: CPACHARGE [MNCPA]
While many have taken to remote work like ducks to water, others are a bit more hesitant. We’ve put together a few of our best practices for successfully working from home.

Leadership in a changing world [MNCPA]
Many CPAs are wondering how to continue leading effectively and inclusively in this new work situation. Keep reading for ways you can lead with intention and help your team continue to do its best.

What’s in a title? Look beyond status [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Outdated routers: Why every remote worker should update or upgrade
Is your router sitting on the shelf blinking away like a ticking time bomb? You may need to update or replace it.

Critical considerations for selecting and implementing an ERP platform [MNCPA]
As organizations seek to improve operations and increase efficiency, many are considering implementing or replacing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system — and for good reasons.

Home or office: Managing employee stress [MNCPA]
The new normal may be anything but normal, and the playbook remains to be written.

Location’s role in your organization [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Dealing with return-to-work stress
As more workers transition back to the office, what can organizations do to plan for a safe, comfortable transition?

25 firm growth opportunities for 2020 and beyond
With the COVID-19 pandemic changing everything we do and how we do it, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you 25 growth ideas that are always timely no matter what the situation.

2020: The year of embracing change [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

The value of neurodiversity
Neurodiversity is a term that recognizes certain individuals' brains function differently and includes people on the autism spectrum, as well as those with dyslexia or ADHD, among other conditions.

Getting back to the office during the COVID-19 pandemic
For most employees, the future is not circling a “return-to-work” situation, but rather a return-to-the office one. This produces a variety of emotional reactions, ranging from relief and eagerness to see your peers in the flesh, to concern about contracting COVID-19 and how restrictive the office setting may be.

Securing your technology while on the go [MNCPA]
Whether working from a coffee shop or in an airport, you must be vigilant to protect your devices and all the information they contain.

The importance of empowerment [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Going beyond the basics [MNCPA]
Your organization may have a good foundation for diversity, equity and inclusion, but what's next?

Outsourcing tax services — a valuable option in the age of disruption [MNCPA]
As you decipher the disruptions of tax reform, consider outsourcing your tax function to trusted tax advisers who can add value and help you navigate the powerful storm generated by new tax law.

COVID-19 pandemic turns CPAs into emergency workers
Many people think that accountants are just rational unfeeling counting machines who operate completely on logic and reason.

4 tactics for effective change management in the multigenerational workplace [MNCPA]
Managers are progressively tasked with mastering change management. Success depends on how well finance leaders support these changes within their teams.

COVID-19, disaster planning guidance for employers [MNCPA]
Whether for the COVID-19 pandemic or a future disaster, make sure your office has a plan in place to keep operations going.

Culture is key in today’s marketplace [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Adapting your firm in a time of a pandemic
Here are 10 actions your firm can take in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Responding to COVID-19 with remote access? Pay attention to security!
Unfortunately, not everyone has thoughtfully considered the security ramifications of encouraging team members to work remotely. Consequently, many of these new remote workers may potentially and unknowingly compromise sensitive information.

Making teleworking work in a time of crisis
With the spread of COVID-19, which is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, many employers who have not previously implemented telecommuting/work from home (WFH) arrangements, are being forced to offer WFH arrangements.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) guidance for employers
How should your office leaders prepare for and respond to a potential pandemic affecting the workplace?

In a political world, what topics can be banned in the office?
Given the current highly charged political environment, employers and employees alike may also be wondering: What, if any, political and other conversations in the workplace is acceptable or appropriate?

Generation who cares? [MNCPA]
Do generational differences really matter? Consider these thoughts to address the situation in your office.

Tis the season, but watch out for the Grinch at holiday parties
Many organizations are planning holiday parties — onsite and offsite — to thank employees for their hard work, celebrate the season and build employee morale. Not to be a Scrooge, but there are key issues to be aware of to avoid potential litigation and employee relation issues.

Addressing the frogs in your life [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

The kids are alright [MNCPA]
Sixteen accounting students share their thoughts and expectations for the future of the profession and their respective careers.

Keys to workplace happiness
Happiness at work is something nearly everyone wants, but it can be challenging to achieve.

3 ways new employee surveys can improve retention
Here are three ways that a new employee survey can support and even improve retention. Make sure to ask the right questions and analyze the results for action.

Advice from managing partners on leadership
If you are a new leader or a seasoned one, here is some advice for you. 

Harness the power of your mobile devices [MNCPA]
Consider downloading these apps to maximize the power of mobile devices in today’s climate.

MNCPA Perspectives blog posts

Employee and employer: Shaping the future of work
Let me share something that you’ve either heard or, more likely, have experienced: Today’s workers are not the same ones who went home in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Lean into the Fourth Industrial Revolution
We no longer simply live in a world of gadgets and doodads. Welcome to Tomorrowland. Are you prepared?

3 self-leadership tips to navigate uninvited change
Take your pick — the pandemic, supply chain issues, staffing shortages, turnover, tax law changes — there have been plenty of uninvited disruptions lately...

MNCPA members share top concerns for upcoming tax season
In the recent MNCPA Tax Survey of members, we asked what concerns you most about this tax season...

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